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U.S. video game hardware in 2012: Winners, losers and retirees

Gamasutra: Five million. That's the number of traditional consoles and handhelds that were sold in the U.S. during December 2012, based on the latest retail estimates released by the NPD Group, a sales tracking firm. I have accumulated reports of their estimates running back through 2000, and this is the first time in those 13 years that December hardware sales were so weak.

If you accept the idea that the hardware sales of the present are a harbinger of software sales in the future, these figures are surely an ominous sign. But measurements of software sales have become a much thornier problem, and I'm devoting an entire column to them later this week.

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chukamachine1259d ago

USA = zZZZZzzzz

USA Actually = bailed out.

Belking1259d ago (Edited 1259d ago )

Still the biggest most important market and spend more on games than any other. Judging by the numbers it seem like the US cares more about PS3 than Japan does.

GribbleGrunger1259d ago

What? It seems as is US cares more about PS3 than Japan does? Have you seen the size of Japan compared to America? Try Europe.

KrisButtar1259d ago

That's a lot of data there, good read. Would be nice if the world wide sales were in there too

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horndog1259d ago

Vita is a joke! NA is the biggest gaming market. Pro xbox though

CommonSenseGamer1259d ago (Edited 1259d ago )

In terms of the original Xbox the 360 has been a real success for MS, especially since they had to dig deep to cover their completely avoidable RROD debacle. As for the Vita, it has gone nowhere fast and unless Sony relaunch it then it will fail. I know Sony/Vita supporters will disagree but nothing about year 1 sales suggest it offers what consumers are looking for. Time is running out as well since later this year Tegra 4 powered devices will hit the market and totally strip away any notion that the Vita is the most powerful handheld gaming device. Honestly, if Sony had opened the Vita up to be compatible with Google Play as well then they would have been onto a winner!

tubers1258d ago

The VITA with complete Google Play access would have undercut the whole ph/ablet market. (May or may not undermine PSV/PSN/PSP Mini games because of how cheap Android games are-- debatable)

But, Sony was pretty stubborn. Likely because it will eat against their less than stellar (compared to the competition) tablets and PMP markets.

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